Peo­ple sought to be­come con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tives

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

MidCen­tral Dis­trict Health Board and the Cen­tral Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion are in­creas­ingly us­ing con­sumers to help de­velop and im­prove their health ser­vices.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions are seek­ing peo­ple to work along­side the Con­sumer Coun­cil as con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which will con­trib­ute to sev­eral work­ing par­ties and the re­design of some ser­vices.

Con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­sider strate­gic ser­vice im­prove­ments, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives sit­ting on var­i­ous gov­er­nance and ser­vice groups.

Con­sumer Coun­cil chair­man John Han­nifin said con­sumers were al­ready in­volved in projects to set up a new pain ser­vice, to im­prove re­nal (kid­ney) health ser­vices, to im­prove the Emer­gency De­part­ment ser­vice and in the Spir­i­tual Care Ser­vice.

“The DHB is in the process of mov­ing to a new model of care and putting in place a new way of de­liv­er­ing all of its ser­vices,” he said.

MidCen­tral DHB has cre­ated seven clus­ters. These are:

Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions — Uru Rauhı¯

Can­cer Screen­ing, Treat­ment and Sup­port — Uru Ma¯ tai Maten­gau

Healthy Women Chil­dren and Youth — Uru Pa¯ -Harakeke

Acute and Elec­tive Spe­cial­ist Ser­vices — Uru Aro­tau

Healthy Age­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion — Uru Whaka­mauora

Pri­mary, Pub­lic and Com­mu­nity Health — Uru Kiri­ora

‘The

DHB is in the process of mov­ing to a new model of care and putting in place a new way of de­liv­er­ing all of its ’ ser­vices.

— John Han­nifin, Con­sumer Coun­cil chair­man

Hauora Ma¯ ori — Pa­iaka Whaiora “We need help from a di­verse range of peo­ple, per­spec­tives and ex­pe­ri­ences to make these ser­vices more fo­cused on the con­sumers, so if you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved, please ap­ply, “Han­nifin said.

■ In­di­vid­u­als re­sid­ing in the MidCen­tral area can ap­ply to be a con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tive by click­ing here for an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion, or for a paper ap­pli­ca­tion, email con­sumer­coun­cil@mid­cen­traldhb.govt.nz.

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